August 13, 2014

1180, 1181 ROMANIA (Tulcea) - Danube Delta (UNESCO WHS)

The Danube Delta is the second largest river delta in Europe, after Volga Delta, and is the best preserved on the continent. The greater part lies in Romania (Tulcea county), while its northern part, on the left bank of the Chilia arm, is situated in Ukraine (Odessa Oblast). The modern Danube Delta began to form after 4000 BCE in a bay of the Black Sea, when the sea rose to its present level. A sandy barrier blocked the Danube bay where the river initially built its delta. Probably 40 percent of the Delta was built in the last 1000 years. The reserve is vast, with numerous freshwater lakes interconnected by narrow channels featuring huge expanses of aquatic vegetation. This is the largest continuous marshland on Europe, which includes the greatest stretch of reedbeds in the world, which form floating or fixed islands of decaying vegetation. The Razelm-Sinoe complex to the south comprises several large brackish lagoons separated from the sea by a sandbar. The higher ground supports stands of willow, popular, alder and oak. There are also sandy areas covered with feather grass and other steppe species. Forest elements are best observed in Letea Forest (in the first postcard) where a series of bands occur along dunes up to 250 m long and 10 m wide.


Situated on major migratory routes, and providing adequate conditions for nesting and hatching, the Danube Delta is a magnet for birds from six major eco-regions of the world, including the Mongolian, Arctic and Siberian. There are over 320 species of birds found in the delta during summer, of which 166 are hatching species and 159 are migratory. Over one million individuals (swans, wild ducks, bald coots, etc.) winter here. An interesting ethologic aspect appearing enhanced by the conditions of the Danube Delta (especially by the floods) is represented by egg laying in common nests. Thus, as a consequence of the general lack of egg-laying places, especially at flood time when a great part of the aquatic-species nests are flooded, the birds this way affected go on laying eggs in alien nests either belonging to the same species or to species of the same families.

About the stamps

The both stamps are parte of the series Golden Stars of Stage and Screen, issued on March 1st 2014, and dedicated to some of the most beloved actors of Romania:
Mircea Albulescu (1934-2016) - It's on the postcard 2674
Tamara Buciuceanu-Botez (born in 1929 in Tighina) - It's on the postcard 1803
• Valeria Gagealov (born in 1931 in Galaţi) - It's on the postcard 1835
Ileana Stana Ionescu (born in 1936 in Brad)
Draga Olteanu Matei (born in 1993 in Bucharest) - It's on the postcard 1181
Marin Moraru (born in 1937 in Bucharest) - It's on the postcard 1186
George Motoi (1936-2015) - It's on the postcard 1669
Sebastian Papaiani (born in 1936 in Piteşti) - It's on the postcard 1821
Florin Piersic (born in 1936 in Cluj) - It's on the postcard 1180
Mitica Popescu (born in 1936 in Bucharest)
Sanda Toma (born in 1934 in Bucharest)
Olga Tudorache (born in 1929 in Oituz) - It's on the postcard 1245

Danube Delta - Wikipedia
Danube Delta - UNESCO official website

Sender 1: Andrei Cătălin Jucătoru
Sent from Eforie Sud (Constanţa / Romania), on 08.08.2014
Sender 2: Mircea Ivănescu
Sent from Eforie Sud (Constanţa / Romania), on 08.08.2014

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